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244.84 sec. 001 - Mindfulness Based Conflict Resolution (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Norma Darshan Brach  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Law 115
From September 27, 2023
To November 08, 2023

Course Start: September 27, 2023
Course End: November 08, 2023
Class Number: 32192

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 24
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 12/08 01:30 AM

A judge's decision, a jury's verdict, a negotiated settlement - case closed? Not so fast. Traditional legal approaches to dispute resolution often fail to provide durable and satisfying outcomes because they ignore the deeper psychological and interpersonal issues that underlie all conflict. Addressing these compelling forces requires emotional intelligence and a more integrative and mindful approach. Drawing from the realms of psychology, non-violent communication, mindfulness and negotiation theory, this hands-on course offers critical and fundamental skills in navigating conflictual terrain as a lawyer, neutral or simply as a human.

Students will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation, and be asked to maintain a short but regular practice throughout the semester. An inside-out understanding of mindfulness will provide a vital foundation for all the techniques explored. The course readings, class exercises, and discussions will focus on defining, integrating, and refining both right and left-brain techniques for working with and through conflict. Students will have the opportunity to apply these strategies to conflictual domains in their own lives, and explore how to bring them into the legal arena to resolve disputes in a more comprehensive, meaningful, and sustainable way.

Darshan Brach is a lawyer, mediator, psychotherapist and mindfulness practitioner. In addition to her private mediation and psychotherapy practices, Darshan teaches Mediation at UC Berkeley Law and mediates cases for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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